BRNO, Czech Republic (AP) " Championship leader Marc Marquez of Spain claimed pole position in qualifying for the Czech Grand Prix on Saturday.
The Honda rider captured his fifth pole of the season and 35th of his MotoGP career after setting a track record at the 5.403-kilometer (3.357-mile) Brno circuit in 1 minute, 54.596 seconds.
The 2013 and 2014 champion seemed fully recovered from a left-shoulder injury " after crashing in practice for last weekend's Austrian Grand Prix " to lead defending MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo on a Yamaha by 0.253 seconds.
Italian Andrea Iannone finished third, 0.631 back.
Marquez leads with 181 points, 43 clear of Lorenzo. Another Yamaha rider, Valentino Rossi, is 14 points further back in third.
This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings